Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback

Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback

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Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback
Antique Ivory Carvings - Chao Tzu-Lung and Chou Yu on Horseback

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Hand Carved Ivory - This is a VERY RARE SET of the CHINESE WARRIORS CHAO TZU-LUNG and CHOU YU on HORSEBACK. These are MASSIVE! They weigh 9 pounds and each stands over 16" tall. This is a set of a Chao Tzu-lung, the general of Shu, & Chou Yu on horseback on sectional rectangular ivory bases. The detail on this regal pair is absolutely amazing. They each have a quiver holding arrows hanging from their saddles on the reverse side of each piece. Please note how they each have their feet in the stirrups and how the artist has even taken the time to carve the individual teeth on each of the horses. The clothing and even the apparel on the horses are beautifully and deeply incised. The facial features are extremely well detailed. They both have a lovely patina that comes only with age. Chao Tzu-Lung was a general and hero from the Three Kingdoms period. Chao Tzu-lung was a valiant and gentleman warrior - both restrained and dignified. He was always willing to follow his master to his death. Chao Tzu-lung holds the reins with his left hand while clutching a spear with his right hand. Chou Yu was a famous and one of the most capable military strategists during the Three Kingdoms era - the turbulent years leading to the end of Han Dynasty in China. Chou Yu holds a spear in his left hand and holds the reins with his right hand. This piece represents a scene from the Peking opera in the play the Yellow Crane Tower. Yellow Crane Tower is a famous and historic tower that stands on Sheshan (Snake Hill), at the bank of the Yangtze River. The Yellow Crane Tower is considered one of the Four Great Towers of China. Its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City. According to legend, Yellow Crane Tower was built by the family of an old pothouse owner living in Wuhan City long ago, named Old Xin. One day, a shabbily dressed Taoist priest came to the pothouse and asked for some wine. Old Xin paid no attention to him, but his son was very kind and gave the Taoist some wine without asking for money. The Taoist priest visited the pothouse regularly for half a year when one day the Taoist said to the son that in order to repay his kindness, he would like to draw a crane on the wall of the pothouse, which would dance at his request. When people in the city heard of this, they flocked to the pothouse to see the dancing crane. The Xin family soon became rich and they built the Yellow Crane Tower as a symbol of gratitude to the Taoist priest. Legend states that one day a scholar was standing in the tower, when he saw a crane flying past. He asked to hitch a ride on the crane, which took him to the Celestial Palace, and he was never to be seen again. The Yellow Crane Tower has a very long and complicated history. It was first built in 223, during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 280). Due to the ideal location, it was built by Sun Quan (182 - 252, King of Wu) as a watchtower for his army. During the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), many popular poems were written in praise of the Yellow Crane Tower. It was these poems that made the Tower so renowned and induced people to visit. During the following centuries, it was destroyed and rebuilt several times. During the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) Dynasties alone the tower was destroyed seven times and rebuilt seven times. In 1884, it was completely destroyed in a fire and was not rebuilt until 1981. The tower had different architectural features in different dynasties. However the tower which stands today is based on the one designed during the Qing Dynasty. It stands about 168 feet. The appearance of the tower is the same regardless of the direction it is viewed from. The roof is covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yellow crane spreading its wings to fly. These carvings are 100% genuine elephant IVORY and in EXCELLENT CONDITION. They were HAND CARVED and HAND SCRIMSHAWED and SIGNED in China by a gifted master craftsman in the early 1900s. They have a lovely patina that nature has chosen to bestow upon them. These carvings are UNIQUE and exhibit beautiful IVORY GRAIN which is guaranteed to be clearly visible. The ivory has been highly polished and exquisitely detailed. The quality of the ivory, the quality of the carving and the quality of the scrimshaw work are all exceptional. These carvings were legally imported into the USA and can only be shipped to locations within the USA. This gorgeous pair would certainly make a wonderful addition to your collection of fine Asian antiquities and should steadily increase in value over the years. Dimensions of Ivory (Each): 16.00" x 10.00" x 3.00" Weight of Ivory (Total): 9 Pounds, 9 ounces - IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL PICTURES OF THIS ITEM THAT ARE LARGER AND SHOW MORE DETAIL, PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL AND WE WILL FORWARD THEM TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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Item Details:

  • Reference #
  • I-404
  • Quantity
  • 1
  • Category
  • Fine Art
  • Department
  • Antiques
  • Year
  • See Listing
  • Dimensions
  • Width: 10 inches
  • Height: 16 inches
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Weight: 9.75 pounds
  • Condition
  • Excellent
  • Material
  • Ivory

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